Fast pyrolysis has gained worldwide interest as a platform for production of drop-in biofuels, bio-based chemicals, and other bio-based products. In the last few years, research has moved from essentially empirical investigations to more fundamental studies of chemical and physical mechanisms of pyrolysis. This book is organized into 12 chapters to cover recent advances in fast pyrolysis science and technology. This chapter provides an overview of the principals, reactors and history of fast pyrolysis. It also outlines the topics covered in the following chapters, which include chemistry of thermal deconstruction, computational modeling, product characterization and utilization, catalytic pyrolysis, and economic analysis of fast pyrolysis systems.
Prospects for Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass